August Favourites

What? It’s only been two weeks and I’m publishing another favourites post? Oops! Here’s what I’ve been LOVING in August:

TRXYE (EP) – Troye Sivan

Yes, yes, yes, I’m mentioning Troye again (what’s this, the third time now?) but this EP is TOO GOOD not to mention. TRXYE, Troye’s debut EP, was released August 15th and instantly shot to number one around the world and debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts! Happy Little Pill was amazing, but the rest of the EP continued to blow me away. ‘Touch’ and ‘Fun’ are nice, chilled out yet dancey songs which, with some radio support, have great potential to climb the charts. ‘Gasoline’ tones it down a bit, offering a slower, deeper song with beautiful lyrics. Finally, a re-recorded version of The Fault In Our Stars closes the EP, showing the song that helped launch Troye’s music career to such great heights. I definitely recommend buying this EP and supporting a great young Australian artist!

18Being 18 at Uni

I spent nearly all of last semester underage and unable to drink with my friends or attend university social functions such as pub crawls for both my college and the vet faculty. I turned eighteen in exam week (great timing! -.-) so I wasn’t able to take advantage of my newfound adulthood. While I was home for the semester break, I hung out with my high school friends – some of which were still underage and therefore we were unable to go clubbing or to a pub, etc. Since coming back to uni, however, I’ve attended the uni toga party, hit the clubs for a friend’s 19th and partied all night for the vet pub crawl, and I’m loving it! I’m finally able to join in (when assignments aren’t in the way) and buy my own alcohol – even though I’ve never been asked for ID when going into a bottle shop! I don’t look that old, do I?

Doctor Who (Series 3, 4 & 5)

I began watching Doctor Who in December 2013, out of boredom. A few of my close friends love the show, so I thought I’d give it ago – and I loved it! After Uni started in February, though, I found that there was barely any time to watch it. I recently got a HDMI cable, though, so through the last few weeks I’ve been having the show playing on my TV while I’m doing assignments, and finished the last half of series 3 and all of series 4 within two weeks. I’ve just begun series 5, and Matt Smith as the Doctor is surprisingly just as great! I had such a connection with David Tennant’s Doctor that the change is still odd, but I’ve heard great things about Matt Smith and his first episode was written so brilliantly to showcase just what kind of a Doctor he will be. Series 8 premiered last week – but I’ve vowed not to watch it until I’ve caught up. It’ll be tough, since I’m really curious about what Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will be like but the wait will be worth it!

Guns of Icarus (game)

Most of my closest friends from high school are kinda nerdy, so what better way to keep in touch while we’re all at different Universities is to play huge group games, right? Guns of Icarus is our catch up game. It’s got an amazing steam punk vibe to it, and allows you to become one of three types of crew members on a huge, flying ship – the pilot, the gunner or the engineer. The aim of the game is to shoot down your opponent’s ship (gunner) while maintaining your ship’s equipment (engineer), all while navigating a huge, beautiful map (pilot). It’s such a beautiful game and I love it! It’s a pity I haven’t had many chances to play it with everyone since uni became crazy busy, though.

Hands on dissections at Uni

Dead baby cows – gross, right? Not to vets. Last week we began our first dissections, which is the closest we’ve gotten to surgery the entire course. We even have our own dissection kits! The cadavers were confronting and smelt revolting, but I found it strangely interesting to cut into it and explore the muscles and nerves under the skin of the cow. We even got to completely remove its front leg, how cool! I have pictures, but it’s probably not best to show a skinned cow on my blog!

 pigPiglets!

As a part of our uni course, we get to look after a piglet for three weeks as a part of a nutrition study. They’re so so so cute and little (for now, anyway) and our particular piglet (named Charlie) is such a good little pig, he doesn’t squeal when you pick him up like the other piggies do! He’s a little bitey (yes, Charlie did bite my finger) but so adorable – worth the 5:30 AM wake up on my rostered morning!

kidsKids! (the goat kind)

The goats at the vet school have been heavily pregnant for months, and recently they began giving birth to their little babies. They’re so damn adorable and tiny! I had the pleasure of watching one of the births, and the sounds the little kids make when they’re only a few minutes old is seriously the best thing ever! They’re so fluffy and gorgeous and wobbly on their little legs, and watching their mother be so protective over them is so cute. I’m on the roster to feed them a few times a week too, yet again worth the early wake up!

Spotify

I know I’m really late to jump on this bandwagon, but as an iPhone owner who doesn’t have any phone space for music (5GB of “other” space I can’t get rid of, thanks Apple!), Spotify has been my go-to app for shower music. I can access any song, for free, and add it to a playlist – all without taking up phone space as the songs are accessed from the internet rather than my phone itself. You can follow my ultimate shower playlist, “Jams”, here! (Or listen to it down below!)


And there it is, my August favourites! I was really struggling to find favourites this month as uni makes it tough to discover new things, but I made it! And, I somehow got a post up on time despite finishing a 10 000 word assignment not so long ago (what a killer assignment, so glad it’s over).

Until next week,
Sarah May xx

July Favourites!

Welcome to the first of many “Favourites” posts! Here’s where I tell you all what I loved in the past month!

The Fault in our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars (Book & Movie)

Okay, so this is more of a May/June favourite but it’s too good to not include in the list. There was so much hype around TFIOS that I bought the book and started reading it in February, slowly getting through it whenever I found the time and finishing it in May. Yes, I cried. Yes, I saw the movie and yes, I cried again. My crying ended after the *spoiler alert* funeral though, the rest didn’t phase me. It was such a beautifully written book with a beautifully made movie adaptation.

Breakfast of Choice: Muesli w/ fruit and yoghurt

In a university lifestyle where my college does not serve the best of breakfasts, I was so happy to discover back in May that muesli with fruit and yoghurt had started being served. Finally, some readily available fruit and a healthy-appearing (you never know with uni food) meal! Even after uni finished, this was my breakfast of choice throughout July.

The Sims 3The Sims 3

My relationship with The Sims 3 is odd – I become obsessed with it for weeks and then I come back later and I have no interest in it. These holidays, however, The Sims 3 has been my only pastime. I’m beginning to have Sims withdrawals already now classes have started! I may or may not own every single expansion pack and stuff pack – oops!

Blogging

Oh how cliche. Truthfully, though, I’m really enjoying blogging so far. It’s such a creative pastime which I feel has a much more productive outcome than sitting on the couch playing The Sims 3 all day! Even though I don’t have many readers, every view, like and comment means a lot to me that people are willing to read my rambling.

Fluffy JumpersFluffy Jumpers

As it’s Winter here in Australia and my home town went through a bit of a cold snap in the past month, the best $25 I have ever spent was the purchase of two fluffy jumpers in a beautiful dusty pink and baby blue. It’s perfect for cold days and nights, looks great with a peter pan collar shirt and I’m certain it will be a staple this semester in cold lecture theatres.

BonfireBonfires

Despite the cold snap, I caught up with my friends from high school frequently, and these catch ups mostly included sitting around a bonfire having casual drinks. I attended a total of four bonfires over the course of two weeks, which definitely offered a warmer side to the freezing nights! Just sitting around watching the flames was so relaxing and made me feel like I was making the most of my holiday break.

Pandora Stacker RingsPandora Stacker Rings

I was gifted a total of four Pandora rings for my eighteenth birthday (as mentioned in my Birthday Haul post), and I found myself wearing them everywhere throughout July – wearing my original lilac stone rings whenever my outfit included a hint of purple and wearing the tiara ring every other occasion. I love them – they’re just so elegant and pretty and versatile!

Bonsai TreeMy Bonsai Tree

Over the break I purchased a young Serissa bonsai tree. My main motivation for this was to have something to care for while at uni, as my college doesn’t allow pets. Although I accidentally selected one of the hardest species of bonsai to care for, I’ve been trying my best to keep the little thing alive. I’ve had some troubles, especially when moving it from my home town to five hours up the coast back to uni. It nearly completely died last week, and all the leaves fell off it, but now it’s slowly growing new leaves and hopefully will begin flowering in Spring!

Frangipani CandleFrangipani Candle

My friend Eka gave me a Frangipani scented candle for my birthday (see Birthday Haul), which, unlike the Glasshouse candle gifted by Hayden, didn’t come in a container or candle holder and therefore gave off its scent constantly once unwrapped. As this candle sat in my bedroom for a few weeks, I fell in love with its beautiful scent and now it has a permanent home on my uni desk so I can smell it all the time – even if I can’t light the candle!

JumperJumper with embroidered cat

Yes, another one of my favourites for July is a jumper – BUT LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS! I just had to buy it once I saw it. It’s the perfect thickness of jumper for a Queensland winter – thin enough to wear it all day without getting hot but thick enough to keep you warm. The cat is just so adorable, I can’t get enough of it! I haven’t been able to wear it much, as winter up here at uni is a hot 27 degrees (winter? What winter?) but just wait until next year!

YouTuber Ashley Mardell (/HeyThere005)HeyThere005

I discovered Ashley through Zach Garry’s channel, where he briefly featured in one of her videos. The first video of Ashley’s that I watched was her Coming Out to My Best Friend video, as a part of her Beer and a Chat segment. I was drawn to Ashley the moment I watched her videos – she is such a creative soul who has the ability to talk about serious topics such as LGBTQ issues, anxiety and the idealization of YouTubers, yet remain entertaining and engaging the entire way through. Her video editing is flawless and she uses such cool and unique techniques that, as someone who has edited videos before, seriously impress me. Her collaborations are not restricted by distance – Ashley and her collaborators film individual videos from their homes whilst receiving audio via Skype – how creative! Her channel is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, it’s impossible to think that she has under 100K subscribers!

Troye SivanHappy Little Pill – Troye Sivan

I recently listed Troye as one of my favourite YouTubers, and around that time was when he announced the release of his first EP, named TRXYE. He released his first single from this EP, Happy Little Pill, last week to great success – pre-orders for his EP reached #1 on the iTunes album charts in Australia, the US and fifteen other countries, and the top ten in another forty countries, including the UK. Happy Little Pill charted at #1 in thirteen countries! It’s such an amazing feat for his second ever single, if you include his tribute song to The Fault in Our Stars. The song itself is amazing, and certainly stands alone from Troye’s YouTube success. It blew me away when I heard it, it’s just so chilled out and amazing. You can check out Happy Little Pill here, but don’t forget to support Troye and buy it on iTunes!


So that’s it for my July Favourites, sorry this is posted in mid August but on the bright side, August Favourites will be up in no time!

Sarah May xx

My Favourite YouTubers

Recently, I have discovered that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are simply not enough to procrastinate studying. I have been subscribed to a few YouTubers for a couple of years now, but my subscription list has grown exponentially in size over the last few months! For today’s post, I thought I’d give an overview of my top 8 favourite YouTubers. Even though nearly all of them are pretty popular as it is, every single one of these channels deserves the praise they get. So, without further ado:

#8: Kingsley (/ItsKingsleyBitch)

Kingsley

I have been watching Kingsley for a long time – the main attraction being his Overexposed series he does annually at the end of each year. Kingsley is loud, opinionated and sassy, discussing topics such as race, sexuality and celebrities. Lately, Kingsley announced that 2014 is his last year on YouTube, but what is next to come is unknown. He has also been quiet with uploading videos of late, and his most recent stuff has not been of his usual quality. However, I still enjoy his videos when they are uploaded and can’t wait for what he has in store for next year.
Recommended video: OVEREXPOSED 2013 [FINALE]

#7: The Fine Bros (/TheFineBros)

TheFineBrosThe Fine Bros are well-known for their React series, encompassing Kids React, Teens React, Elders React and YouTubers React, however they occasionally upload spoiler videos or other small YouTube series. Benny and Rafi’s channel is usually hit-and-miss. I always have enjoyed the React series, with nearly all episodes piquing my interest enough to watch through to the very end of episodes that are usually 8 minutes long. Their YouTubers React series features a mix of popular YouTubers like Shane Dawson and Tyler Oakley, however can feature some channels that I’ve never heard of before. The React series’ are great at showcasing the reactions of others to viral videos, old technology or controversial campaigns, especially in the Kids React series as their reactions are so genuine and innocent! Although, basically any non-React video is cheesy and overacted – however, I stay subscribed because of the brilliance of React.
Recommended video: YOUTUBERS REACT TO BABYMETAL

#6: Jenna Marbles (/JennaMarbles)

JennaMarblesJenna Marbles is easily one of the most popular women on YouTube, recently securing a host position on the YouTube 15 on SiriusXM radio to present emerging music on YouTube. Jenna was the first YouTuber I subscribed to, captivating me with her How To Avoid Talking To People You Don’t Want To Talk To video in 2011. Jenna’s videos aren’t for everyone as she can come across as weird to some people, but I enjoy it. Since she only uploads once a week, I don’t feel overwhelmed by her different style of video which has kept me as a loyal subscriber for years. I also enjoy watching her two adorable dogs – Marbles the chihuahua and Kermit the Italian greyhound – which feature often in her videos. My favourite videos of hers are ones showing the extremities of how guys or girls drive, get ready or even shower, which are always so true and cover content that I have never seen another YouTuber cover with such humour and pure honesty.
Recommended video: Things I Don’t Have Time For

#5: Zach Garry (/ZachGarry)

ZachGarryZach Garry was suggested by Tyler Oakley in one of his videos, and I subscribed to him due to him being Australian. I haven’t been watching Zach for long, but I have related to him well so far due to him being in university too. His vlogging style is awkward in an entertaining way and his deep, slightly monotonous voice makes him unique to other YouTubers I have come across. Zach is not as well-known as the other YouTubers on this list, however he is definitely worth checking out if you’re wanting an honest, open yet funny channel to subscribe to.
Recommended video: 20 UNIVERSITY LIFE LESSONS

#4: Tyler Oakley (/tyleroakley)

Tyler OakleyTyler Oakley is arguably the most influential YouTuber around, using his huge subscriber count to raise half a million dollars for the Trevor Project. Tyler’s outright sass is entertaining to watch and, although close to all of his recent videos being Q&A videos (or, as Tyler has dubbed it, Q&Slay videos), he is still engaging, inspiring and uplifting, with the ability to make so many people happy. His friendship with fellow YouTubers and participation in TheFineBro‘s YouTubers React series is fantastic to see, and he vlogs nearly every major event he participates in such as Playlist Live or Vidcon on his second channel, extratyler. Tyler Oakley is a YouTube sensation who has shown such a phenomenal journey over his many years vlogging and his popularity and influence is sure to continue to grow.
Recommended video: The YouTube Burn Book

#3: Troye Sivan (/TroyeSivan18)

Troye SivanTroye Sivan is only 19, yet is taking huge steps in the YouTube community. His videos encompass topic-based videos, Q&As, challenges or even his own music. Hailing from Perth, Australia (yes, he’s an Aussie!), Troye has made friends in the YouTube community worldwide, the most notable of which being Tyler Oakley. Troye’s videos incorporate his sense of quirky humour, which may not appeal to all, but his presence in a video keeps me watching (the good looks and amazing eyes don’t hurt, of course, until I remember that he’s gay… *sigh*). Troye’s musical talent is outstanding, having written a song about the popular John Green book-turned-movie The Fault In Our Stars, whose purchases on iTunes raised money for charity. Recently, Troye announced the release of his debut EP, featuring original songs, aptly named TRXYE, due for release in August 2014. I, personally, am excited to hear this EP in addition to watching Troye’s YouTube journey – the future is bright for Troye Sivan!
Recommended video: HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS

#2: Zoella (/zoella280390)

Zoella

Zoella (aka Zoe Sugg) is easily one of the most engaging, inspiring and overall positive YouTubers I have had the pleasure of watching. Most of my experiences watching Zoe have been through her daily vlog channel, MoreZoella, which shows her viewers the beautiful person she is. Her main channel videos are mostly beauty videos, which aren’t my thing, but she has the ability to also open up about confronting topics, such as her own anxiety, and discuss this on camera. Zoella recently reached five million subscribers, a well deserved milestone for her. Zoe has such genuine friendships with fellow British YouTubers and her bubbly personality has the ability to make anyone smile. If this wasn’t enough, she’s brave enough to go makeup-free in numerous daily vlogs despite her imperfect complexion – an act that I truly respect her for. I’d highly recommend Zoella’s channel and vlog channel to anyone looking for a beautiful soul to watch!
Recommended video: What’s In My Mouth with Joey Graceffa

#1: SUPERFRUIT (/sup3rfruit)

SUPERFRUITSUPERFRUIT is made up of Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, who are also members of popular acapella group Pentatonix. Their YouTube channel has captivated me from the moment I discovered it. These boys have such a great friendship with each other and their sense of humour is on point. Not only do they have amazing voices (which they frequently showcase in both musical covers and casual videos) but they have personalities which have drawn me in from the beginning. Mitch’s femininity and sass coupled with Scott’s more masculine but kind persona allow them to make entertaining, memorable videos with each other. Every episode, Scott and Mitch share their weekly obsessions and their favourite song of the week – hello music lovers, the boys have fantastic music taste! As a Pentatonix fan, I enjoy being able to watch Scott and Mitch seperately from the group and discover more about what they get up to outside of the band – however, I would highly recommend SUPERFRUIT to anyone regardless of being a Pentatonix fan! This is one of the only channels where I have watched every single video religiously without intention to stop – the only downside to this channel is that they only post once a week! *sigh* I urge everyone reading this right now to click the following link and check out SUPERFRUIT – it is, as they say themselves, the best show on the internet.
Recommended video: KARAOKE GAME

Honourable Mentions:

PTXofficial – this five-person acapella group makes an amazing mix of original music, covers and music medleys, both in the form of elaborate music videos and simple one-take recordings. This group is one to watch, having recently been casted in Pitch Perfect 2!

RobertDeLong – I saw this guy live at Groovin’ the Moo 2014, and he remains the only electronic artist I have ever seen actually perform and create his music live using things like gaming controllers to help create the sounds!

PewDiePie – Felix’s channel is great to follow if you have plenty of time to sit and watch long videos of him playing games (which I do not), however his shorter videos are very entertaining to watch and his sense of humour is very unique.

AmazingPhil & danisnotonfire – both very funny guys with amazing channels – however, they do not post frequently enough to be featured as my absolute favourite YouTubers.

Full List of Subscriptions:

AmazingPhil
Caspar
danisnotonfire
JennaMarbles
Jim Chapman
Kingsley
Marcus Butler
Paint
PewDiePie
PointlessBlog / alfiegames
PTXofficial
RobertDeLong
Smosh
Sprinkleofglitter
SUPERFRUIT
ThatcherJoe
TheFineBros
TheSims
Troye Sivan
tydelevi
TylerOakley / extratyler
ZachGarry
Zoella / MoreZoella

If you have a favourite YouTuber that I’m not currently subscribed to, let me know in the comments and I’ll check them out!

Thanks for reading guys 🙂
Sarah May xx